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BBQ Spatchcock Garlic Chicken with Roasted New Potatoes Recipe

A perfect summer recipe for cooking chicken on the BBQ.

1 hr 30 min

Easy

Serves 4

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ingredient icon Ingredients

For the marinade

  • British Whole Chicken
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped thyme leaves
  • 50ml soy sauce
  • 150m olive oil
  • juice half a lemon
  • salt and pepper

For the roasted new potatoes

  • 800g large new potatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium red onions (peeled, but with the root intact)
  • 2 unwaxed lemons
  • Maldon salt
  • freshly milled pepper

Method

  • Step 1 : Make the Marinade

    Place all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
  • Step 2 : How To Spatchcock a Chicken

    Take a pair of heavy-duty scissors and turn the chicken upside down with the backbone uppermost, breast-side down. Starting at the parson’s nose, cut down each side of the backbone towards the neck end, cutting all the way through. Repeat this operation on the other side then remove the backbone. Turn the chicken back over and gently press it down to flatten.
  • Step 3 : Marinate the chicken

    Transfer the chicken to a deep tray and using a sharp knife, make slashes into the breast and legs, through the skin. Pour the marinade over the bird and massage it well into the cuts. Marinade for 2 or 3 hours, or overnight.
  • Step 4 : Prepare the Chicken and Vegetables

    When you are ready to cook, heat the BBQ and heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas Mark 4. Spear the chicken with 2 metal skewers through the sides to keep it flat, and to make it easier to pick up. Cut the onions and the lemons each into 6 wedges. Heat a deep roasting tray on the hob and add the oil. Add the potatoes to the hot tray, rolling them in the hot oil to coat them. Add the onions and lemons and mix into the potatoes. Season the whole lot with sea salt and milled pepper.
  • Step 5 : Cook the Chicken and Vegetables

    Place the veg into the oven to roast for about an hour until the potatoes are golden. Cook the chicken on the BBQ for 45mins-1hr, ensuring it’s cooked all the way through. Check the vegetables after 45 minutes, and move the potatoes around a bit.
  • Step 6 : Serve the Chicken and Vegetables

    Always allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve the carved chicken with the potatoes and a large green salad alongside.